Antonio Tabucchi Week – Wrap Up

Tabucchi Week is already over and I wanted to thank all of you who joined, read along, wrote reviews, commented and read other’s posts. I’m really happy that it was quite interactive and people visited each other’s blogs. There were quite a few very interesting discussions. I’m also happy that those who joined who didn’t know Tabucchi found an author whose work they want to continue exploring and those who knew him felt like returning to an old friend. I enjoyed the two books I chose a great deal and I’m also glad that I have discovered a few new blogs.

What I also loved was that many of the posts showed how wide Tabucchi’s range is and that everyone can find something else in his books. Quite a few people have read Pereira Maintains but every single post was completely different and highlighted other things, something I’ve rarely noticed when many people read the same novel.

Once more – Thank you so much for participating.

Below are all the participant reviews again (they are also in the intro post). In a few days I’ll set up a page which will allow to find the posts more easily. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the last author week I’ve hosted and knowing that I like a bit of a theme the next week will most probably also be dedicated to an Italian writer. No worries, though, not before next year.

It’s Getting Later All the Time – Brian (Babbling Books)

On Dreams of Dreams – Tom (Wuthering Expectations)

Pereira Declares – Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

Pereira Maintains – TBM (50 Year Project)

Pereira Maintains – Vishy (Vishy’s Blog)

Pereira Maintains – Bettina (Liburuak)

Pereira Maintains – Andrew Blackman

Piazza d’Italia – Scott (seraillon)

Requiem – Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

The Edge of the Horizon – Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico – Stu (Winstons Dad’s Blog)

The Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa with Bonus Lobster Recipe – Tom (Wuthering Expectations)

The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro – Richard (Caravana de Recuerdos)

Vanishing Point -1streading

Pereira Maintains (Book and Movie) and Requiem – Scribacchina (Parole/Words)

26 thoughts on “Antonio Tabucchi Week – Wrap Up

  1. It was a lot of fun! And I loved his writing and I’m sure I’ll explore more of his novels. I enjoyed all the different interpretations of Pereira Maintains. Art is fantastic that way, whether it be music, writing, paintings, ect, people can have so many different interpretations and it’s a pleasure to be able to discuss them.

    • You’re wleocme. I was surprsied as well but I think a few people read libraray books or were quite far away wher it might be easier to get this one than any others. And I had it in my intro post as giveaway. I sort of promoted it.

  2. Wonderful collection of blogs and reviews, Caroline. Made me want to read all of Tabucchi’s works.
    I am intrigued about the subject of writing in an adopted language. When I was in college, I took all my notes in French, because the language flows more quickly. English seemed slow and cumbersome to me. I know you are multilingual…which language do you prefer to write in?

    • Yes, it’s a great collection, I’m very pleased.
      I write German, French and English equally easily but not equally well. My German is far superior but on the other hand it feeld cumbersme as well as I’m too much of a perfectionist in German or French, so in a way English is simpler. On the other hand it depends what I’m writing about and who I’ve been talking to. I work for an international company and friends as well, everyone speaks English or French. Not a lot of German actually.

  3. Thanks for hosting, Caroline! Tabucchi was new to me and thanks to you I’ve discovered an author I’ll definitely be reading more of. It was interesting that everyone picked out a different aspect of Pereira Maintains to write about. I think that’s a compliment to the book, which had plenty of aspects to discuss, and also to the diversity of your blogging audience!

    Yes, for me the choice of Pereira Maintains was a default – it was the only one I could get here – but I’ll pick up some others when I’m in London again. Probably I’ll start with Indian Nocturne, which you praised very highly, even though nobody reviewed it this week.

    • Thanks for participating, Andrew. I think the combination of the book and this group of bloggers made it special. 🙂
      I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Indian Nocturne.
      It may be difficult to get. I’m must admit I didn’t check availabilities. Maybe you will have to go to a library.
      The one Stu reviewe has just been published by Archipelago books.

  4. Thanks for hosting Tabucchi week, Caroline! I discovered a wonderful new author, thanks to you. It looks like ‘Pereira Maintains / Declares’ was a hit among your readers 🙂 I have made a list of Tabucchi books to read – it has ‘Indian Nocturne’, ‘Requiem’ and ‘The Edge of the Horizon’ now. I can’t wait to find out more about the Italian author themed week that you are planning to host next 🙂

    • Thanks you for joining and I’m very glad you discovered a new author. I’ll be very interested to hear your thouht on Indian Nocturne.
      Next year will be the one or the other Italian week, I’m sure. My all time favourites lists contains at least 4 Italian authors. 🙂

  5. I WILL read Pereira Maintains and I’m only sorry I haven’t managed to get to it in time to join in. But you always host excellent community projects, Caroline, and only you could encourage so many bloggers to try a new author. Looking forward to German literature month, too.

    • Thanks, Litlove. I’m very glad it turned out to be a success and am looking forward to your review. I’m sure you’ll find an entirely different angle.
      And thanks for joining German Literature Month.

  6. Thank you for setting this up Caroline! I not only discovered a great author who I will read more of in the future, but I discovered some great blogs as well!

    • Thanks for participating Brian and, like you, I discovered new blogs and was especially pleased that people went on each other’s blogs. Often they join but stick to their own blog.
      It was successful on many levels.

  7. Thanks again for hosting this, Caroline! I look forward to catching up on everybody’s reviews no matter what kind of damage that might do to my Leaning Tower of Tabucchi TBR… 😀

  8. Pereira Mantains has the most review. Could be because that one is the easiest to find?

    Although I didn’t join in but I happy for you, Caroline…you had hosted another successful event

  9. Thank you for bringing Antonio Tabucchi to my attention. I hadn’t been familiar with his works before your posts. I came upon the read along too late to join. I can’t decide which one to read first: Pereira Maintains or The Edge of the Horizon.
    I’ve checked the library and most of the entries are in Italian. I could try to read the Italian, but my translation skills are so rusty it would take me weeks to finish one book! 🙂 I will keep searching though and let you know when I find the English version.

    • I hope you will find and like him. His Italian isn’t too difficult but some of his books are complex.
      It seems that everyone really liked Pereira Maintains a great deal. Maybe it’s a good starting point.

  10. Thanks for the wrap-up, that’s a good list of reviews.
    I wish I could have been with you on that event.
    I’ll keep in mind that Richard has reviewed The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro when I read it.

    • I think you would have liked it. It was also very interactive, hardly ever so so many parallel discussions on blogs, everybody seemed to have visited the others. That was great.
      It sounded very different from anything I’ve read so far but good.

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